Study Abroad in Poland


Comparative Homeland Security Program in Poland

Program Overview

The SCST 4377 /CRIJ 4377 Study Abroad: Comparative Issues in Homeland Security will provide students with an opportunity to assess past and current security and safety dilemmas influencing Homeland Security strategies, processes, organizations, and policy making in an international, comparative context. Specifically, students will delineate historical root causes and consequences of state-sponsored terror, holocaust, insurgency, counterinsurgency through contextualized, social learning at renown historic sites. They will then discuss implications for modern safety and security policy. Moreover, students will compare and contrast policing in the era of Homeland Security, border security in globalizing contexts, and crisis management approaches adopted by the United States and the European Union.

They will accomplish that through attending professional lectures, presentations, and training at accredited Homeland Security agencies in Poland. In addition, students will juxtapose organizational structures of safety and security organizations between United States and the European Union and evaluate differences based on social, political, and cultural factors. They will have an opportunity to exchange their perspectives on comparative aspects of Homeland Security with those of the students of Homeland Security program at the University of Warsaw. The SCST 4377 /CRIJ 4377 is designed as an experiential learning course.


On campus: May 11 & June 22-26, 2020

Poland: June 1-16, 2020


  • SCST 4377/CRIJ 4377: Special topics is Comparative Issues in Homeland Security


Minimum GPA 3.0; preference will be given to students in Homeland Security Minor or with interest in Homeland Security Studies; however other majors and minors have applied and have been accepted previously.


Hostels arranged by faculty.


Students will be responsible for booking their own flights according to guidelines given by the Study Abroad Coordinator or Faculty Leader. DO NOT book your flights until receiving specific instruction to do so.


$2,249 (including a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot in the program)

  • Includes: pick up from Warsaw airport in Poland/drop off to Warsaw airport in Poland, all in-country travel – trains, buses, vans, city transport, 3 meals a day (breakfast/lunch/dinner), petty cash for water, snacks during in-country travel, lodging (2 students per room apartment style or quality hostel housing), notebooks/writing supplies, cultural activities (entrance tickets, audio-guides, tour guides). 
  • Not Included: airfare, regular SHSU Tuition & fees* (summer semester), $200 Study Abroad Service Fee, insurance, spending money

*Note: Faculty-led, out-of-country courses do not charge 3 fees: Rec Center, Student Center and Health Center=$275, as opposed to on-campus courses.

Estimated Total Program Cost Sheet


  • $300 deposit due within 1 week of acceptance into program (assessed upon acceptance)
  • $975 payment due February 10th
  • $974 Remaining Program Balance due April 10th


Dr. Magdalena Denham



Apply Here!

 Please submit completed program applications to the Study Abroad Coordinator.

After your Application has been approved and the $300 deposit paid, please submit the additional post-acceptance documents to the Study Abroad Coordinator that are listed on the Faculty-Led study abroad homepage.